The U.S. Women’s National Team has arrived in Grand Forks and has started preparing for Friday’s pre-Olympic game against rival Canada (7 p.m., Ralph Engelstad Arena).
The American squad will practice at The Ralph this afternoon and the Canadians will practice at night.
The three notable local players are Grand Forks natives Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux and Warroad native Gigi Marvin.
The Americans need to made two final cuts. The final roster will be decided in 13 days. The Canadians need to make three more cuts.
This will be the fifth meeting between the U.S. and Canada since October. Canada holds a 3-1 edge. USA’s win came right after Canada’s coach resigned last week.
The teams will play two more times after Friday. They play on Dec. 28 in St. Paul and Dec. 30 in Air Canada Center in Toronto. After that, final roster decisions will be made and the teams will get ready to head to Sochi.
There will be much more on this game in Friday’s Herald.
I also heard that the Winnipeg Free Press is bringing a writer and a photog down to cover practice and the event.
UND held press conferences today. Nothing too newsy too report from them. We were able to record a couple more Q&As that will be released on Fridays during the second half of the season.
UND recruit Jack Rowe was traded from Cedar Rapids to Fargo on Wednesday. Rowe has 7 goals and 11 points in 21 games. He has more points than anyone on Fargo’s roster.
Last weekend, we talked all about the 2010 Grand Forks Central hockey team with Northern Michigan’s Casey Purpur playing against UND’s Paul LaDue and Luke Johnson. It is sounding like a fourth member from that team will eventually be a D-I player, too. John Simonson is starting to attract attention as the leading scorer of the Lincoln Stars.
Speaking of future D-I players, there will be quite a game over at the East Grand Forks Civic Center on Friday between the Green Wave and the Warroad Warriors. Senior High’s team could end up sending four or five guys to D-I.
Warroad’s top line has been dominant, led by Jared Bethune, who could end up picking his school in the next month or so. The front-runners for his services are Omaha, St. Cloud State and Duluth.